Molly Cotter

Round Tower: De Matos Ryan Renovates a Countryside Castle With a Secret Underground Eco Home

by , 01/16/12
filed under: Architecture

architecture, sustainable building, green architecture, eco architecture, sustainable architecture, green design, eco design, sustainable design, de matos ryan, de matos ryan architects, english architecture, english green architecture, gloucestershire, castles, folly, follies, preserving castles

The Round Tower was run down by fire and neglect over many years before De Matos Ryan Architects renovated it into a modern residence. Naturally lit and ventilated by a central open courtyard, the underground home features glass-walled rooms that ensure a bright and breezy interior. A ‘landscape scoop’ that dips below the tower conceals the sun terrace and an outdoor pool, providing privacy while preserving the iconic country landscape.

A round sunroof in the central room brightens up the space while echoing the circular design of the tower that can be seen through it. The structure’s concrete walls also provide thermal mass to help regulate the interior temperatures.

De Matos Ryan Architects are known for their many modern, sustainable extensions to historical structures – they have also erected an amazing farm house just down the road from the Round Tower in Gloucestershire. Their design focus on preserving the past while sustaining the future is a unique approach that we’d love to see more of.

+ De Matos Ryan Architects

Via arch daily

images courtesy of Edmund Sumner

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